UTAH AND OMAHA BEACHES : US SECTOR – FULL DAY TOUR
Réf : Tour 2A
Program : La Cambe German cemetery – Ste-Mère-Eglise & its Airborne museum – Utah Beach – Pointe du Hoc – Omaha Beach – US Cemetery & Visitor Center
Pick-up/Drop-off places : Caen at the foot of the castle in front of St Peter’s church near the tourist information center.
Other picking places: Caen train & bus stations/Bayeux/Courseulles-sur-Mer/Bernières-sur-Mer/Saint Aubin/Ouistreham/Port-en-Bessin : contact us for schedules & conditions.
Daily departure : 9 :00 am – Return 18:00 pm all over the year. In some periods, some other departures available early in the morning.
Rates: 100 € (95€ <18 years) – free for children under 3.
AIRBORNE MUSEUM included & access to all sites & monuments. Lunch is not included in the rate. Your guide will recommand you some eating places according to your budget if you don’t take away your own lunch (fast food, brasserie, cafés, bakeries, supermarkets …).
Process of booking : a confirmation will be sent to you with all details.No deposit required. Payment made the day of your tour directly to your guide by cash or by credit card for payment over 130€ (amex/visa/mastercard).
Tips : Take good walking shoes and comfortable clothes. We supply umbrellas and bottles of water in the vehicles. There is a 45 minutes break for lunch time. We have car seats adapted to the different ages of the children. In general, the circuits are not suitable for children under 10 years.
This tour lasts 9h00 and follows in footsteps of the American airborne (82nd and 101rst), Rangers & Infrantry divisions (1rst & 29th). Small group tour led by a certified and experimented guide in a spacious & comfortable minivan for more conviviality (maximum of 8 participants) or in a Sedan or SUV suitable from 2 until 5 people. Refreshment on board free.
LA CAMBE GERMAN CEMETERY
The German Cemetery at La Cambe has the remains of 21,222 German soldiers who mostly died during the Battle of Normandy that followed the D-Day landing on June 6, 1944. La Cambe was originally a battlefield graveyard with German and American war dead buried in adjacent fields. This cemetery is not dedicated to the glorification of war. The emphasis is more on reconciliation. A Peace Garden outside the cemetery is planted with 1,200 maple trees and offers a walk of quiet contemplation, even if directly next to a busy road.
SAINTE-MERE-EGLISE & ITS FAMOUS PARATROOPER
In the early morning of 6 June 1944 mixed units of the U.S. 82nd Airborne and U.S. 101st Airborne Divisions occupied the town in Operation Boston, giving it the claim to be one of the first towns liberated in the invasion. A well-known incident involved paratrooper John Steele of the 505th PIR, whose parachute caught on the spire of the town church, and could only observe the fighting going on below. There are many small museums (such as the Airborne Museum) and World War II- related giftshops and eating places. A dummy paratrooper hangs from the church spire, commemorating the story of John Steele.
THE AIRBORNE MUSEUM
Over the fifty years of its existence, the Airborne Museum became the largest museum in Europe dedicated to American paratroopers of 82nd and 101st Airborne Division engaged in Normandy in the context of Operation Overlord in June 1944.
At 11:00 P.M. on June 5, the first Allied bombs begin to fall near the planned landing area, targeting the German battery at Saint Martin de Varreville. Beginning at 1:15 A.M., 13,000 paratroopers from the 82nd and 101st U.S. Airborne divisions drop behind enemy lines. Their mission is to neutralize German defenses, secure the landing area, and prevent the arrival of reinforcements. Operation Overlord is underway.
THE POINT DU HOC
Captured on the morning of the 6th of June 1944 by Colonel Rudder’s Rangers, the site was also one of key features of the German defensive fortifications. The site reminds us of what an artillery battery was like, with its firing command post, casemates and shelters. Information panels.
Omaha Beach is the name used by the Allies during World War II World to designate one of the five landing beaches of Normandy. Assigned to American troops, it is where the Allies lost the most troops. That is why this beach is nicknamed “Bloody Omaha” or even “the Beach of blood.” There are 2 popular stops where you will stop : Vierville village with the landing of the 29th Division and Colleville village with the 1st Division.
U.S CEMETERY & VISITOR CENTER
This site covers 70 hectares, overlooking Omaha beach. It brings together the graves 9387 fallen soldiers. Notable figures buried at the American Cemetery: Quentin Roosevelt, youngest son of the President of the United States and the two brothers Niland, whose story inspired Steven Spielberg to write the scenario of the movie « Saving Private Ryan », are also buried there. The Visitor Center depicts the significance and meaning of Operation Overlord and honors the values of the World War II generation. It aims to help visitors intimately relate with the stories of the 10,944 men and women memorialized in the site on an emotional and intellectual level. The exhibitions are based upon three universal themes: Competence, Courage, Sacrifice.